Civil Liberties Update: Fall 2017
In 2017, the ACLU of Connecticut helped to pass new criminal justice reform, cellphone privacy, and LGBT rights laws. We brought legal challenges on behalf of a Bridgeport music minister who was illegally searched by police, a protester whose First and Fourth Amendment rights were violated by state police, and a Cromwell police officer whose employers discriminated against her when she became pregnant. Learn more about the ACLU of Connecticut's work in our Fall 2017 newsletter.
The ACLU of Connecticut Civil Liberties Update: Fall 2017
ADVANCING EQUALITY: ONE WOMAN'S STORY
THREE WAYS ACLU-CT ADVOCATES PUSHED FOR PROGRESS AND DEFEND CIVIL LIBERTIES
“One of the reasons I filed this lawsuit was to show people who feel they don’t have a voice, or the means to get help, that it’s possible to get justice,” Vereen said after the settlement. “No matter who we are, we all have rights, and I am grateful to the ACLU of Connecticut for opening up the avenues of justice for me and my family.”
“Community members like me have a right to film government officials doing their jobs in public, and we should be able to protest without fearing political retribution from law enforcement,” said Picard when his case was filed. “By seeking to hold these three police officers accountable, I hope that I can prevent the same thing from happening to someone else.”
PROMOTING JUSTICE: NINE REFORMS MOVE STATE IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION
STOPPING GOVERNMENT ABUSE: CONNECTICUT TAKES A STAND AGAINST CIVIL ASSET FORFEITURE
Taking innocent people’s assets is unacceptable, but it was happening in Connecticut. From 2009 to 2013, there were more than 3,700 civil asset forfeiture cases in our state.